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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What German pianist and composer was a pupil of Hummel and Sechter and became court pianist in St Petersburg?
(a) Mozart.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Friedrich Chopin.
(d) Carl Czerny.

2. When was Vladimir von Pachmann born?
(a) 1848.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1865.
(d) 1798.

3. In the late 18th century, piano-playing techniques changed from Clementi's classic horizontal hand and arm level to outward-turned hands and wrists exemplified by whom?
(a) Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Carl Czerny.
(d) Ignaz Moscheles.

4. In what year was Henri Herz born?
(a) 1803.
(b) 1779.
(c) 1911.
(d) 1845.

5. What German Romantic composer of orchestral and choral works was born in 1809 in Hamburg?
(a) Ignaz Moscheles.
(b) Felix Mendelssohn.
(c) Friedrich Kalkbrenner.
(d) Carl Czerny.

6. What term refers to a form of music also called counterpoint in which several simultaneous melodies are woven together into a harmonious whole that was fostered by Johann Sebastian Bach?
(a) Legato.
(b) Contrapuntal style.
(c) Fugue.
(d) Arpeggio.

7. What public university was founded in 1843 by Felix Mendelssohn as the Conservatory of Music?
(a) Leipzig Conservatory.
(b) Hamberg Conservatory.
(c) Vienna Conservatory.
(d) Mendelssohn Conservatory.

8. What country did Eugene d'Albert consider to be his spiritual home?
(a) France.
(b) Germany.
(c) Scotland.
(d) Vienna.

9. In what year did Louis Moreau Gottschalk die?
(a) 1899.
(b) 1869.
(c) 1900.
(d) 1798.

10. What pianist wrote music that took "remarkable stretch" and "peculiar hand formation" to reach his left-hand extensions?
(a) Adolf von Henselt.
(b) Bartolomeo Cristofori.
(c) Muzio Clementi.
(d) John Field.

11. Paderewski did not receive systematic instruction until what age?
(a) 9.
(b) 12.
(c) 16.
(d) 13.

12. How much money did Ignacy Jan Paderewski earn for three months playing in the United States?
(a) $300,000.
(b) $200,000.
(c) $150,000.
(d) $500,000.

13. Where was Eugene d'Albert born?
(a) The United States.
(b) France.
(c) Scotland.
(d) Denmark.

14. What musician helped establish the German school and played clearly, analytically, and precisely with authority?
(a) Hans von Bulow.
(b) Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
(c) Clara Schumann.
(d) Felix Mendelssohn.

15. How old was Louis Moreau Gottschalk when he died?
(a) 30.
(b) 50.
(c) 40.
(d) 60.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber born?

2. Which student of Franz Liszt is described as having musical skill that was mostly telling tales published in "Music Study in Germany"?

3. Where was Franz Liszt musical director and the location of the headquarters for "Music of the Future"?

4. When was Frédéric Chopin born?

5. How old was Paderewski when he debuted in 1887?

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